Monthly Archives: March 2018

‘Thousands of Companies Are Spying On You’

Security guru Bruce Schneier warns that “thousands of companies” are spying on us and manipulating us for profit. An anonymous reader quotes his article on CNN: Harvard Business School professor Shoshana Zuboff calls it “surveillance capitalism.” And as creepy as

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Should We Revive Extinct Species?

An anonymous reader writes: The last male northern white rhinoceros died just last week, and a total of just 29,000 rhinoceroses now remain on earth. But National Geographic reports that “the genetic material of several northern white rhinos has been

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MailChimp Bans Emails Promoting Cryptocurrency

“MailChimp to Cryptocurrency Promoters: Your Fake Money’s No Good Here,” jokes the headline at Gizmodo. The mass emailing service — which sends over a billion emails a day — just updated its Acceptable Use Policy to warn users that MailChimp

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The EFF Hosts a ‘John Perry Barlow Symposium’ Next Saturday

An anonymous reader writes: The EFF is announcing “a celebration of the life and leadership of the recently departed founder of EFF, John Perry Barlow,” to be held next Saturday at the Internet Archive in San Francisco from 2:00 to

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‘Nature’ Explores Why So Many Postgrads Have Bad Mental Health

An anonymous reader writes: This week Nature tweeted that the rates of depression and anxiety reported by postgraduate students were six times higher than in the general population — and received more than 1,200 retweets and received 170 replies. “This

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Is It Illegal to Trick a Robot?

An anonymous reader writes: Can you get into trouble under anti-hacking laws for tricking machine learning…? A new paper by security researchers and legal experts asks whether fooling a driverless car into seeing a stop sign as a speed sign,

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Open Source RISC V Processor Gets Support From Google, Samsung, Qualcomm, and Tesla

An anonymous reader writes: Google, Qualcomm, and Samsung “are among 80 tech companies joining forces to develop a new open-source chip design for new technologies like self-driving vehicles,” writes Seeking Alpha, citing a (pay-walled) report on The Information. “Western Digital

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Was The Florida Pedestrian Bridge Collapse Triggered By Post-Tensioning?

A new lawsuit claims post-tensioning triggered the collapse of the pedestrian bridge at Florida International University, killing five motorists and one worker. Engineering News Record reports According to the lawsuit, the March 15, 2018 collapse occurred while a crew was

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Security Experts See Chromebooks as a Closed Ecosystem That Improves Security

The founder of Rendition Security believes his daughter “is more safe on a Chromebook than a Windows laptop,” and he’s not the only one. CNET’s staff reporter argues that Google’s push for simplicity, speed, and security “ended up playing off

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The Prestigious Free Software Award Goes to Karen Sandler

Each year the Fee Software award goes to someone making “a great contribution to the progress and development of free software, through activities that accord with the spirit of free software.” This year’s winner is a former executive of the

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